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About the Author

Rick Hanson

Rick Hanson, PhD, is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times bestselling author. His books are available in 26 languages and include Hardwiring HappinessBuddha’s BrainJust One Thing, and Mother Nurture. He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin and has numerous audio programs. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA and founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s been an invited speaker at NASA, Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, and other major universities, and taught in meditation centers worldwide.

Dr. Hanson has been a trustee of Saybrook University and served on the board of Spirit Rock Meditation Center. His work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, and NPR, and he offers the free Just One Thing newsletter with over 115,000 subscribers, plus the online Foundations of Well-Being program in positive neuroplasticity that anyone with financial need can do for free.

He enjoys rock-climbing and taking a break from emails. He and his wife have two adult children.


Richard Mendius

Richard Mendius, MD, is a neurologist and co-founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom. He trained at UCLA as an epileptologist and neurobehaviorist. He has been on the teaching faculty of UCLA, Oregon Health Sciences University, and Stanford University. His meditation practice began in the 1980s with Shinzen Young and continues at Spirit Rock Meditation Center with Jack Kornfield and Ajahn Amaro. He teaches a weekly meditation class at San Quentin. His daughters, Courtney and Taryn, and his son, Ian, are three of his main teachers and companions on the path.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 3 pages
  • Publisher: Sounds True (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159179711X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591797111
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kathy W TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 30, 2009
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This 3 disc, 3 ½ hour, 2009 Sounds True program is encased in a cardboard type tri-fold. It is said to draw on 30 years plus of research by neuropsychologist Rick Hanson and neurologist Richard Mendius. The cover states that it will show you how to strengthen your neural circuits that generate happiness, love, and inner peace and includes 7 guided meditations to reshape your brain. (OK. I'm in.) Note that the term "guided meditation" just means that someone is verbally guiding you through the meditation by talking to you and making suggestions.

There is a lot of really good information here and this is an excellent program, especially for those who want to learn to meditate but also want to be convinced first that it is worth their time commitment. This material provides how and why to meditate from a medical standpoint and can also be useful to seasoned meditators. The doctors also talk about how getting rid of your emotional baggage can help you. I can attest to that. Meditation has helped me bring up and confront some stuff I had buried inside. Once you bring it to the surface, you can begin to deal with it. This is a program that you can work with over and over, and will likely need to repeat to effectuate a positive change.

With the exception of the meditation segments on each CD, you can listen to the other/instructional parts in your car, on your way to work. I have listed the times for each track so you can figure out how everything is laid out and what way to listen best suits you.

Disc 1: Using Your Brain to Change Your Mind (total time 71:12)
1. Introduction (0:51)
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I have reviewed many meditation CDs and videos and I must say this is one of the best collections I have found!

The Rick and Richard present 7 meditations on this 3-disk set and each meditation includes discussion on the topic before hand. The meditations are well lead with short periods of silence for the meditation practices. Their voices are very soothing and they will help you find a place within yourself to find peace and safety. By using these CD's regularly you will definitely look at the world differently and potentially change the way you perceive the world.

I like the lengths of the practices and you can easily mix and match if you have more time. Here are the 7 meditations included on the cds:
Appreciating Your Brain, 10 min
Foundation Practices, 15 min
Taking in the Good, 7 min
Antidote to Stress, 9 min
Healing Painful Experiences, 9 min
Steadying Your Mind, 28 min
Mosaic Meditation, 22 min

This CD set will definitely help you work on activating your underlying brain states using both modern western sciences of neurology and psychology and traditional practices of Buddhism. The meditations and theories can be used by people of any spiritual background or no spiritual background at all since there is no discussion of god or other religion-based theories.

Another reviewer mentioned they had trouble importing into iTunes. I had no problems at all; in fact this is a great way to use the meditations. You can mix the meditations with soft music or nature sounds and continue the meditation on your own after the formal CD practice has completed.

I only have one comment on the packaging. The only place to find a listing of the tracks is on the disk its self.
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I got this CD set mostly for the meditations it contained. I have several other meditation CDs including Guided Meditations for Stress Reduction and Radical Self-acceptance, both of which I have really liked. This one however, is not that great. The meditations are very difficult to get into for a couple of reasons. First, the authors deem it necessary to start every meditation with a discussion about not using it while driving. Second, some of the "meditations" are really just discussions of various techniques.

There are a couple of good guided meditations on here, but that is all. The discussion of the brain is very good though, and I got a lot out of that portion of the CDs. If you are interested in how meditation works to change the brain, I would recommend these. If you are looking for guided meditations, look elsewhere.
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I've been dealing with chronic anxiety for the past 30 years. I have found this group of CD's to be incredibly helpful. It explains some of the evolutionary processes that have contributed to our survival anxiety and takes a lot of the mystery out of this free floating anxiety. Also, I have been working with cognitive therapy for some years which is a wonderful way of dealing with anxiety and depression and controlling what you can to overcome these forms of suffering. "Meditations to Change Your Brain" explains the actual physical changes to your brain that cause changes in our mind, which is what we have been doing with cog therapy. The exercises and information are presented in a gentle and sensitive way and have taken me even further in the direction of health and happiness. You have assisted me in getting my mind, body and spirit in sync and the resulting peace is incredible. Thank you sirs for HOPE!!!
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